IRFU back down on tickets
The IRFU have admitted they got it wrong with their ticketing policy for the November internationals and have performed an about-turn in the face of the furious reaction of rugby clubs across the country.
Clubs have been up in arms over the pricing of tickets which were packaged in two game deals at 190 euros for New Zealand/Samoa and 150 euros for South Africa/Samoa.
The clubs were facing huge financial losses due to their struggles to sell to members at those prices and were reluctant to return unsold tickets for fear of jeopardising their Six Nations allocations.
Last night, the IRFU issued a statement where they admitted their mistake in ticketing strategy.
The IRFU statement read: “In light of reduced demand for tickets across matches in the upcoming Guinness Series, the Irish Rugby Football Union acknowledges that it made an error in its ticketing strategy and is giving a commitment that it will review its policy at the conclusion of the Guinness series.
“At a meeting of the IRFU Management Committee it was decided that clubs will only be asked for immediate payment for tickets they have sold for the Guinness Series. The IRFU will work with the Branches and the Clubs to assess the situation regarding unsold tickets with a view to reaching an equitable solution to this difficult problem.
“It was further agreed that ticket allocations to Branches and Clubs for the 2011 RBS Six Nations matches will not be affected by sales of tickets for the Guinness Series.”